Culture, Literature

The Terrorists Rule Palanca!

Bad news for Raul Gonzalez, Norberto Gonzales, Avelino Cruz, Eduardo Ermita, Ignacio Bunye, Hermogenes Esperon, Oscar Calderon, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself! The “terrorists” have “infiltrated” not only the august halls of the Congress, the ranks of the media, non-government organizations, and Amnesty International, but also almost every award-giving body for artistic endeavors!

Yes, readers, even prestigious, decidedly conformist bodies like the government-run Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP being often mistaken for, ahem, CPP), the National Artist awards and, now, the Palanca, have recognized the devilish brilliance and sheer deviousness of these militant commies and terrorists. Their ungodly propaganda work has now permeated mainstream consciousness, and achieved acclaim even from our  law-abiding, god-fearing guardians of good taste!

Though not a new phenomenon — progressives, from Lope K. Santos and Amado V. Hernandez to Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal (“dirty homos”, Isagani Cruz called their likes), cunningly sneaking in to our psyches through the education system and popular culture — militants bagging all kinds of awards for creative work are growing in number today. This despite repeated efforts from Gloria’s posse of punchline connoiseurs to frighten the public by portraying progressive activists as the quintessential enemies of everything nice and dandy.

Palanca judges, some of them too polite to offend even the thinnest skinned saint, are to be credited.  For whatever reason, they have allowed the militants to once again score another one against Gloria who hates the guts of those pesky, pesky militants…

Congratulations to Pinoy Weekly’s associate editor Boni Ilagan, Bayan’s Joi Barrios and Contend-UP’s Michael Andrada!

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